Vol. 10 No. 3 - October 14, 2009


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryBayfest to offer Island favorites

ANNA MARIA – When you get to the Bayfest on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Pine Avenue, you might notice a familiar aroma among the tantalizing smells emanating from the food court.

The Anna Maria Island Privateers will be preparing and selling smoked mullet.

Privateer mullet smokes have been a longstanding tradition and fundraiser for the non-profit organization and many locals look forward to them each year. More...

Candidate forums set for next week

The Sun newspaper is sponsoring candidate forums for Anna Maria and Holmes Beach commission candidates for the Nov. 3 election.

The Holmes Beach forum will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at city hall, 5801 Marina Drive. The forum will begin with a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. Candidates will respond to questions from the audience beginning at 7 p.m. Forms to submit questions will be available at the door. More...

City to pursue delinquent payers

BRADENTON BEACH – One indication of how tough times are right now is the growing lists of property owners who are delinquent in their sanitation and stormwater utility accounts. There is also a list of businesses that have not paid their business tax receipts. More...

St. Joe sells Perico property

BRADENTON – Minto Communities, a subsidiary of the Canadian Minto Group, has purchased St. Joe’s suspended Perico development.

“It’s a very attractive site, a beautiful location,” said Mike Belmont, executive vice president for Minto Communities. “People have already called expressing interest in it.” More...

Dredging, speed zone planned for Jewfish, Sister Keys

An emergency dredging project and a slow speed zone are planned for the Intracoastal Waterway between Jewfish Key and Sister Keys at the south end of Anna Maria Island. More...

City halts wedding advertising for residences

ANNA MARIA — The Island is becoming known as a prime wedding location, and one homeowner apparently wanted to get in on the action.

A complaint came into city hall that one homeowner was advertising her house on a commercial wedding Web site as a location for weddings. More...

Board asks that liquor law be revisited

BRADENTON BEACH – When the city decided to clean up Bridge Street in the early 1990s, the city council, as it was known then, voted to limit the number of bars allowed. Since then, the former lone route to the mainland has transformed itself into the heart of the city’s business community, and now the pendulum is swinging the other way. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story Fish Hole to hold tournament

BRADENTON BEACH – Get out your best putter and practice. It’s time for the Fish Hole’s Second Annual Golf Tournament at the Island’s only mini-golf course, 117 Bridge St., on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Players will play 36 holes for great prizes. The cost is $25 for adults and $10 for kids 12 and under. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryAppalachian adventure

HOLMES BEACH - They may not be the highest mountains in the world, but walking the entire Appalachian Trail is the equivalent of going up and down Mt. Everest 14 times.

That didn’t keep Tim and Vickie Edwards from their six-month walk along the entire length of the trail.

Just how long a walk is it?

“It’s 2,178.3 miles,” said Tim Edwards, laughing over the three-tenths of a mile. “We don’t want to forget any of it.” More...

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Anna Maria Island Sun News StorySnook shindig highlights Mote’s restocking efforts

Mote Marine’s Snook Shindig Research Tournament, an event intended to showcase Mote fisheries' enhancement research is being held this weekend, Oct. 16 and 17. The tournament, now in its 11th year, aims to get the public involved in snook restocking efforts.

This year, the shindig added a Hook Kids on Fishing event on Oct. 10 at the Mote Aquaculture Research Park on Fruitville Road in Sarasota. The event was intended as a kick-off for the snook shindig and was a resounding success, as over 100 children from the age of 6 through 15 participated in the free outing. Every participant received a free rod, reel and tackle box. More...

real estate

Considering a condominium?

Being a product of the 1960s I heard a lot about communes and communal living during those years. Since at that time, my tastes have run more towards designer clothes and trendy restaurants, and living in a commune was never going to happen. But now that I’ve reached what you might call maturity, I find myself living in a condominium, kind of a commune with benefits. More...


Anna Maria Island Sun News StoryA taste of Paradise

It’s really hard to define paradise when you live there. The existence of a positive and harmonious environment that is timeless are words frequently associated with paradise. And although this definition may seem a little over indulgent for a modest Island café, they are nevertheless spot on.

Jackie Estes and her daughter, Cindy Thompson, are the perfect examples of what small business entrepreneurs can do in this country. More...

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

Feel better? Time to be cautious

Investment Corner

I am an optimist by nature. Some of my clients even call me Pollyanna (just kidding). As I write this article, barring a correction of about 5 percent or more before the end of September, it appears the stock market will have moved upward for seven months in a row. More...


Sandbar, Ross Built remain undefeated in Center soccer

At the halfway mark of the soccer season, there are two teams that sit atop the standings with a perfect record. Sandbar is still undefeated at 5-0-1 in Division 2 after a tie game against West Coast Surf Shop this past week; while Ross Built remains in first place in Division 1 following two big wins over Autoway Ford and Wash Family Construction. With five or six games left in the regular season and only a game or two separating first and second place in all leagues, there is still time for any team to make its run as the playoffs approach. For up-to-date scores, standings and stats visit www.islandcommunitycenter.com. More...


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